...Something blue. Yes, the Town Mouse garden is offering Rosemary, a final snack for the hungry bees, as the blue thing. But nothing new. Not very much has changed since the October Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. In contrast to the hills, which had 3-5 inches of rain, we've had around 0.48. And while we've had cool nights in the low 50s, the days have been in the 70s.
I planted the lavenders I bought a few weeks ago, but it was a battle to get holes into the hard-as-concrete clay.
At the same time Correa (Australian fuchsia) is still offering much needed food for hummingbirds and pollinators.
And Tecomaria capensis (Cape honeysuckle) is beautiful, orange against the dark blue autumn sky.
Yarrow 'Paprika' is putting out its very last bright pink blossoms.
While the Rhododendron is almost ready to shed the last petal and leaf out.
After several months of summer dormancy, Sidalcea malveflora (checkerbloom), a small native mallow, is just starting to bloom again.
And, blooming since August, Epilobium is still going strong.
I have several cultivars, and the tall one that I believe to be 'Calistoga' only started blooming fairly late in the season and will probably keep going until December.
While the salmon-colored variety I received from a friend has finished blooming a while ago and is showing off sparkly seedheads.
And even while I feel ready to not just show something old and something blue but something NEW, I know I'm very lucky to enjoy warm days and blossoms in the garden, to listen to the migrating birds and watch them in the bird bath, and to know the rains will come soon (and then I'll finally plant my bulbs...).
Meanwhile, I'm wishing you all a happy bloom day and I'll now head over to Carol our gracious hostess at May Dreams Gardens to see what else is blooming around the country -- and around the world.